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  • WHALES
  • SEA TURTLES
  • DOLPHINS
Winning Issue » DOLPHINS


Tuna fishermen in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean know that schools of yellowfin tuna swim beneath dolphin pods. Since 1950, while targeting dolphins in pursuit of tuna, these fishermen have inadvertently caught and killed over six million of these mammals. Such mortality prompted congress to create the "dolphin-safe tuna" label in 1990 that prohibits the intentional netting of dolphins. Since then, annual dolphin mortality has decreased from more than 100,000 to about 3,000. For years, Mexico has used the encirclement method of tuna fishing and has been denied our dolphin-safe label for intentionally catching dolphins in their nets. Opponents claim this method of chasing down dolphins has resulted in much higher dolphin mortality rates than reported – from injuries, separation of calves from mothers, and physiological stress that damages heart muscles. Some depleted dolphin stocks have not recovered. Currently, at least three dolphin populations remain at risk from inadvertent fishing: the northeastern offshore and the coastal spotted dolphins and the eastern spinner dolphin.


Pending Legislation:
H.R.774 - Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing Enforcement Act of 2015




Polling Options

  • I oppose reforming current dolphin catch policy and wish to defeat H.R.774 - Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing Enforcement Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of either Rep. Paul Ryan or Sen. Mitch McConnell
  • I support identifying vessels and vessel owners engaged in illegal, unreported, or unregulated fishing and taking appropriate action against such vessels and vessel owners in accordance with U.S. and international law, and wish to pass H.R.774 - Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing Enforcement Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Rob Bishop (UT) and/or Rep. Madeleine Bordallo (GU), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue


Winning Option

  • I support identifying vessels and vessel owners engaged in illegal, unreported, or unregulated fishing and taking appropriate action against such vessels and vessel owners in accordance with U.S. and international law, and wish to pass H.R.774 - Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing Enforcement Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Rob Bishop (UT) and/or Rep. Madeleine Bordallo (GU), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
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Pledge Period - Opening Date
April 2, 2020
Pledge Period - Closing Date
April 15, 2020
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April 9, 2020


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